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Mothers' group fears Fukushima water release could revive health concerns

By Kiyoshi Takenaka, Akiko Okamoto and Tom Bateman

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The nuclear disaster site will not be cleared for another 50-100 years with millions more of water to come. The site will be off-limit forever.

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Why not just leave the radioactive contaminated water where they are now?

Because there is an entire site contaminated by many many times more than the treated water, and the site is already connected to the ocean.

The best outcome for humanity is to decommission (clean) the site in its entirety ASAP, and the first step getting rid of those water. If anything, we should all be saying the water has to be released faster than the 30 years gradual plan (the purpose of which is to pacify the nut jobs like the people referred to in this article). Like you say it's going to be there whether it's one year or 30 years.

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No-one said it was ‘safe’.

But it will be filtered, then diluted to way within international safety standards, before being diluted once more by the ocean. The outflow will be much like most nuclear power plants around the globe. It’s ‘relatively safer’.

Would you drink seawater?

No, I thought not.

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I’m no expert on radiation or radioactive water disposal; however, is it possible to put the contaminated water in enclosed evaporations ponds allowing the water molecules to evaporate, leaving behind the radioactive matter to be disposed of in the best manner available such as cement vaults buried in the ground?

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The ocean became everyone’s dumpster

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All of these safe waters should not be wasted and utilized for irrigation and supplied to swimming pools.

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I don't trust tepco or the J government as far as I could throw them.

If it's safe then let the oyaji in the diet drink it!

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The release has been authorized by the world’s regulatory bodies, and on paper looks comparably safer than the daily releases from nuclear power plants in neighboring countries, i.e. it is as safe as anyone could reasonably expect.

But, if these ladies are going to perform an independent double-check duty, why not? What’s not to like?

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Mothers can always feel it in their waters.

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All waters of all oceans in the world are interconnected. Therefore Japan releasing so great an amount of radioactive water for forty years! 40!! will contaminate all the ocean waters of planet Earth !!!

Japan ! Why not just leave the radioactive contaminated water where they are now? Are the people of Japan not among the most intelligent people on Planet Earth?


WORLD ! ! ! ! ! ! ! *

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100% safer water compared to all reactors doesn’t mean it’s great water for the ocean.

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Not letting kiddies play in radioactive water is a smart move Japanese mums…

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It is perfectly safe and much safer than all levels of all water released by 100% of reactors around the world.

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" she says she wants more dialogue between the government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power on one side, and citizens, fishermen and others on the other, to allay concerns over safety and other fears."

Government,s dialogue consists of repeating the mantra " there is no danger, we ask for your understanding and consent". You don't agree? Doesn't matter, we,ll do what we want anyway . " We ask for your understanding and consent ..."

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All we have to do now is Wait And See.

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Hmm how many children got thyroid cancer after the 3 meltdowns

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If these resident, groups etc. had any real and I mean real genuine concerns, they'd be begging for the release of water to happen as soon as possible so that the clean up of the site can occur. As it stand the site and the cordoned off area is NOT rehabilitated. the sooner all the water is released, the better.

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Anyone who believes the official Tepco/ LDP story that everything is just peachy... I have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take sole ownership of Tokyo Tower, Hachiko's statue, Skytree and the Rainbow Bridge. Contact me for details and don't miss out!

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I agree with what Kimura says about the ocean without walls and potential health concerns; I'm just baffled by China's protests. The biggest polluter of the world trying to lecture others.

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